Monthly Archives: November 2016

The need for a bit of quiet in science

If you peruse the STEM hastag in Twitter, you’ll be struck by the extent to which those who buy in to the STEM concept seem put an almost obsessive emphasis on ‘active learning’, coding, hacking, ‘making’ and a general sense … Continue reading

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Comments on the STEM report

As far as I can make out, the STEM report arose out of a belief that Students entering college lack basic STEM skills, especially in mathematics. (True) Even college students lack ‘higher order’ skills like problem solving, analytical thinking etc. … Continue reading

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How should we teach maths?

I’ll be upfront and say that this is how I think we should teach maths: The teacher should chart a course through the subject, explaining key and threshold concepts along the way. Students may not  ‘get’ everything at the first … Continue reading

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STEM, science and engineering

It’s that time of year when we’re all in marketing mode. Open Days are taking place, it’s Science Week, and for many it’s a case of STEM, STEM, STEM. As a lifelong science nerd who, during the deep recession of … Continue reading

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In defense of Ken Robinson – sort of

According to Sir Ken, “schools kill creativity”. At the time of writing, Robinson’s 2007 TED talk, which started the whole schools-kill-creativity train rolling, has been watched by an incredible 42 million people. But the thing is this: Robinson does not … Continue reading

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